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CPP and Royal Government Reaffirm Support for One-China after Taiwan Elections

PHNOM PENH: The Cambodian government and the Cambodian People’s Party have both reaffirmed their commitment to the One-China Policy following Taiwan’s presidential elections.

Taiwan’s presidential election was held on January 13, where former Vice-President Lai Ching-te was elected, in spite of warnings from China that his election would increase the risk of conflict. As a member of the Democratic Progressive Party, Lai Ching-te continues the legacy of former President Tsai Ing-wen, who openly supported Taiwan’s independence from China.

China responded to the election by saying “Taiwan is part of China.”

On January 14, Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated its support for the One-China Policy “in light of recent developments in Taiwan.” The Ministry reaffirmed “Cambodia's resolute adherence to the One-China policy, recognizing the People's Republic of China as the sole legitimate authority representing the entirety of China.”

The following day, on January 15, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) also chimed in to affirm their support for the One-China Policy. The CPP classified China’s issue with Taiwan as internal affairs and noted its policy of non-interference. The CPP also said it respects the principles set out in the UN Charter, which does not recognize Taiwanese independence.

U.S. President Joe Biden made a statement following the election, saying that the United States does not support the independence of Taiwan. However, the U.S. is the island’s largest arms supplier.

During the DPP’s eight years in power, Taiwan has lost 10 diplomatic allies to China.

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